Abyss Table 1

Precision-cut layers of glass and wood come together to create a table that’s also a cross-section of the sea floor, complete with a deep blue abyss. Designer Christopher Duffy of Duffy London noticed that as more layers of glass are put together, they take on a dark tint, replicating the way sea water looks at various depths.

Abyss Table 2

“I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed,” he says. “Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.”

Abyss Table 3

Abyss Table 6

The design team spent a year experimenting with sculpted glass, perspex and wood arranged in a three-dimensional representation of a geological map until they reached a visual that matched the one that first came to Duffy when gazing at those layers of glass.

Abyss Table 5

The table is made of high-grade wood from Forest Stewardship Council-managed forests and other controlled sources, and is available in a limited edition of 25 via the Duffy London website.